Week in Pictures

Proud to support the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank for this month's portion-of-my-business-profits donation.

Proud to support the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank for this month’s portion-of-my-business-profits donation. Founded in 2008, they started this because “breastmilk (including donor milk) increases the health and survival of babies. Research shows that especially for premature, ill and vulnerable infants, it shortens hospital stays and can prevent serious complications. When a motherโ€™s own milk is not available, donor milk plays a vital role.” Love it!

Saddened by the sudden passing of Noirin Plunkett, a huge force for women in tech.

Saddened by the sudden passing of Noirin Plunkett, a huge force for women in tech. I’d only met her a couple of times when she/they was in Portland but thought Noirin was one of the coolest.

Finished up another recruitment for my eLearning client, OpenSesame, who is growing by leaps & bounds!

Finished up another recruitment for my eLearning startup client, OpenSesame, who is growing by leaps & bounds!

canningshelves

This past week our project has been to remove (through brute force, as every screw was well painted over it turns out), these high up shelves in our kitchen. One thing I’ve never been a big fan of – contrary to the American kitchen stereotype – are a lot of cupboards to hide stuff away. Why? Because if they’re hidden, I forget about them and never use what’s in ’em! So, inspired by the open shelving at Fitzrovia (back in my husband’s former stomping grounds of St Kilda), I decided this would be a great place to store all of our canning! It started out in the basement and was much too inaccessible, then the last two years they were all stored in our pantry/linen closet but took up ALL of the space, so we thought we’d display them up high, and that way not only would we create more space, they look kinda cool up there IMHO ๐Ÿ™‚ย  We still have to patch up the exposed wood and paint it, but I did manage to climb up on the kitchen counter and wriggle myself in there to paint the back walls gray to match the rest of the kitchen’s open shelving I did a while back (see my before & after post on that first project)

kale

Kale. I think it’ll just be decorative next year. I have no use for it anymore and Dan hates it so we’re letting them turn into “trees” in the garden, LOL…it’s become the “zucchini of the neighborhood” ๐Ÿ™‚

stripedroma

The tomatoes are just starting to turn color! We ate one regular Roma already – my tradition (which the hubby thinks is weird, but goes along with), it to eat the first good Roma whole, like an apple. SO delish. Again dealing with blossom end rot even though I’ve been super consistent with the watering, use of epsom salts, etc., so I may be done with Romas after this year. This photo is one of our striped Romas, kinda trippy eh?

tomplants

After two or three significant heat waves, last week’s getting us up to 103 degrees, the normal morning cloud cover is back and everything for the most part is starting to rebound. This view is of tomato land. It’s the first year that 100% of our tomatoes have come from seed – a nice savings for 18 plants compared to buying starts ($6 for 3 packs of seeds vs $50-70 for the equivalent in starts)! We also planted a ton of basil in the cinderblock holes and discovered that the cinnamon basil came up like gangbusters and the rest fizzled out quickly. Fortunately I planted violeta and genovesa in bigger pots so we still have plenty for pesto ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

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